First impressions are everything. The Chapters of Ampersand’s first expression, the Et No. 1 Limited Edition Cognac is crafted to impress you with its flavors, as well as with the vessel that carries it – in equal parts. In creating the exquisite cognac, the company has opened its doors for further alliances that are sure to unveil more delightful flavors in the future. Ampersand also thrives to be imaginative on visuals, to this end they’ve teamed up with Sweden’s illustrious glass makers, and the Et No. 1’s interesting vessel is a tribute to that effort.
The creation of the premium blend is a collaboration between Master Blender Folke Andersson of Gronstedts Cognac and Maison Tiffon Maitre de Chais, Richard Braastad. These two experienced hands from the world of cognac chose a Grande Champagne 1974 and a Grande Champagne 1943 for the blend. However, to make the blend even more exclusive they added a pre-Phylloxera Cognac from 1870, the result is the full-bodied golden-amber colored Et No. 1 with notes of apricot, sweet toffee, vanilla and licorice.
Its unique horn-shaped vessel is a creative partnership between Swedish Art Crystal and Transjö Hytta. Designed by Swedish crystal artist Göran Wärff, they are then handcrafted by expert glass blowers Jan-Erik Ritzman and Sven-Åke Carlsson.
Just to make sure, the Chapters of Ampersand is not a secret society. They are nothing like Illuminati, Priory of Scion or Knights Templar, though I have to admit it’s a very interesting name. Gothenburg-based Ampersand’s only interest is to bring finer things in life to you while bypassing traditional boundaries.
Limited to just 300 bottles worldwide, Et No. 1 Limited Edition Cognac is presented in a Swedish oak casket lined with a blue silky fabric. Each bottle numbered and signed is delivered with a Certificate of Origin. The Chapters of Ampersand Et No. 1 is priced €8,175 for Europe and $8,395 for US and rest of the world.